Theory of the Image: Capitalism, Contemporary Film, and Women
"Just about everything in this book is fresh and exciting." —Carol Siegel
Ann Kibbey’s Theory of the Image is based on a concept of the image as a dynamic relation rather than a thing. In three essays Kibbey contends that the image itself is an ideological construct. "The Capitalist Theory of the Image" argues that capitalism enforces social identity and fetishism through religious iconoclastic beliefs about the commodity as image. "Liberating a Woman from Her Image" creates a new feminist approach to women in film, breaking the symbiosis of woman and image at the heart of previous theory. "Relief from the Production of Certainties" challenges conservative and racist agendas informing the assumption that a photograph records an image. The book draws on extensive personal interviews and also provides detailed explications of important films in recent transnational cinema to demonstrate new theories of the image for a global society.
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Indexical thinking has long been the basis of racial profiling, where physical
characteristics are treated as weather- vanes pointing to criminality. There is no
better example than the thinking of Peirce himself on this matter. Where for
Only when he abandoned thinking altogether was he able to know
spontaneously who the thief was — or so he claimed. When the investigator from
Pinkerton's asked him to explain his choice, Peirce replied, "I have no reason for
thinking so; ...
Identity was worn on the material surfaces of the body, on what could be
photographed. The value of the photograph as a paradigmatic example for
Peirce was its capacity to serve as an objective correlative of the indexical
process of thinking.
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The Capitalist Theory of the Image
Congruence with the Capitalist Economy
Critique of Barthes
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